explanation of the work
On the surfaces of both hexagonal sake bottle, a dragon and a phoenix are finely drawn in red, and on the back side, a floating scene of auspicious clouds in white and gold is drawn. It seems that whole color tone is red, and the gold color is suppressed and is no splendor. It is the red painting peculiar to Tani Shukei.
size: torso diameter about 7 cm, height about 13 cm
It seems that Tani Shukei was inspired by the Chinese old story, which says that if a person has a dragon-like eye and a phoenix-like neck, he will be the most precious one. As it was said that he could do painting at once without looking at the sketch, both the momentum of the brush stroke can be felt from the dragon and the phoenix.
Turning to the back of the dragon and phoenix, in contrast to the red and gold painting on the front, the scene that white and gold auspicious clouds are fluttering in the sky is drawn all over. The power of dragons and phoenixes is shown on the front side, and the skill of Shukei can be seen also in the drawing of auspicious clouds floating on the back side.
The back name is written in red as “kutani / Shukei” in the bright whiteness of the body.
creator of the work
Tani Shukei 谷 秋渓
born in 1888, and died in 1959
Tani Shukei was born in Daishoji, Enuma County, and studied porcelain painting from Takeuchi Ginshu and his third son, Hirosawa Roshu, and was one of Ginshu’s disciples. He received a character (秋) from Ginshu (吟秋) for his back name. and was independent of Ginshu and ran a porcelain painting business in Yamashiro.
It is said that Shukei inherited many things from Takeuchi Ginshu, and like this work, he created many works that were graceful even with powerful brush strokes.
|date of exhibition||February 10, 2020|